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Inside African FinTech: Markets, Challenges & Opportunities | (with Wiza Jalakasi, Emerging Markets Fintech Expert) | Fintech

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Are you curious about the fintech industry in Africa? Do you want to know how mobile money services have transformed financial services on the continent? Are you an entrepreneur looking to secure investment in the competitive landscape of Africa’s fintech industry?

In this episode, we hosted Wiza Jalakasi, Emerging Markets Fintech Expert on our latest podcast episode to explore the African fintech industry, discussing key markets and countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. We also delve into the impact of mobile money services like M-Pesa on the continent and how they have revolutionised financial services for millions of people.

Explore VC models and how it has evolved in Africa over time, providing insights into what investors look for when evaluating startups and offering advice on how to stand out in this competitive landscape.

Listen to the podcast to explore:

  • Key markets and countries in the African FinTech industry
  • Mobile money services like M-Pesa and their impact on financial services in Africa
  • Factors driving growth in the African FinTech industry, including supportive regulatory environments, increasing mobile money adoption rates
  • Challenges faced by startups during periods of funding and how they can navigate these challenges to secure investment
  • The VC model in Africa and what investors look for when evaluating startups


00:04 – Introduction
02:00 – Fintech in Africa
03:30 – How mobile money services like M-Pesa have contributed to the growth of Fintech in Africa
05:20 – VC funding for African startups
07:20 – Opportunities of building a Fintech business
22:30 – The Future of Fintech in Africa

Episode Guest

Wiza Jalakasi

Emerging Markets Fintech Expert

Wiza is the former VP of Global Developer Relations at Chipper Cash. He is an international business development expert specialising in the setup and operations of high-performance technology startups across Africa, often sharing moments from his journey on Twitter @wizaj.

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Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Ronit Ghose is the lead author of Citi’s GPS Bank of the Future and FinTech report series – the first edition has had more than 250,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by Citi, and one of the most read FinTech reports ever published. Since joining Citi in 1997, Ronit has covered banks in the Americas, Asia and EMEA. He is the Global Head of Future of Finance in Citi Research. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Ronit previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

Gaurav Dhar

Gaurav Dhar is the CEO of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal in Dubai. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 19 years now He strives to continually be on the frontier of building FinTech ecosystems and solutions. His personal time is spent on working with and investing directly in innovators, with a view to the future of Fintech both locally and globally via his cache of relationships which include VCs, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups and Angel Syndicates. In his position as a board member of the MENA FinTech Association and several advisory positions to international family offices, start-ups, and funds, he looks to grow the relationships within the FinTech and start-up ecosystem to contribute towards the education of budding disruptors and eventually the growth of economies and the job market where possible in the MEA Region and abroad.

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